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Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300
Author: Romila Thapar
ISBN 13: 9780520242258
ISBN 10: 520242254
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2004-02-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 586
List Price: $36.95

"Romila Thapar is the most eminent
Indian historian. This superb book is not only the basic history of how
India came to be and an introduction to how the writing of history takes shape, but also, not the least, a deconstruction of the historical myth and inventions on which is based the present intolerant and exclusivist Hindu nationalism. It is essential reading today."—Eric Hobsbawm

"One of the world's most eminent historians of
India, Thapar gives us a thoroughly revised edition of her authoritative general history. This one contains the accumulated research of the last thirty years and includes richly textured accounts of life in ancient
India. Like its predecessor, this is indispensable reading for anyone interested in
India's long and complex history."—Thomas R. Metcalf, Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of
Indian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of A Concise History of

Incorporating newer findings, methods, and interpretations, this thorough and outstandingly written addition to the author's highly acclaimed History of
India, Volume One
manifests her long and distinguished service to the study of
Indian history. Thapar's skillful analysis of how
India's past has been interpreted not only brings greater clarity to the understanding of contemporary
India, but also contributes usefully to a broader study of history and historiography."—Peter L. Schmitthenner, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Tech